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  • Meet a Few Members of our Staff

          

     In today’s modern world we might call an 800 number and  speak to one person in India and another in South Dakota; yet they all work for the same company. Then there are the times you call and speak to one person at a company and they give you the information you need but you call back only to get a new person who has no idea what you’re talking about. Here at iStudySmart.com the staff is customer oriented and gives you the feeling  of the old days. The days when you knew your grocer, when you saw the same Doctor from your birth and when you would walk in the barber shop and everybody knew your name.  

    We try to fill your needs on a personal level and understand your circumstances in order  to tell you what degree plan works with your schedule, your family, and your social life.  Are you a paramedic, LPN/LVN or Respiratory Therapist looking into becoming a Registered Nurse? We will help you decide if Western Governors program fits your lifestyle or if Excelsior College is the better choice. If you  have no idea what degree you want but have a lot of college credit we might recommend you look into our partners at The National Education Alliance Counseling Center (NEACC).  The NEACC will help you find the quickest path to degree completion, the least expensive degree and show you how to get the most credit for your prior college credit, military/corporate training, licenses, certificates and/or credit by examination (AP, CLEP, DSST and ECE).  The NEACC degree exploration system will also provide you with a complete list of iStudySmart.com courses you need to complete your degree. 

    Meet some of our staff and know who you are talking to! 

    Educational Consultant:  Ashley McCoury. 

    I am here to help you through the sometimes stressful process of finding the courses you will need to graduate from college and get that life changing degree you have always wanted! If you have questions about how testing out works, where to take your test, when to take your test and which test to take (CLEP, DSST formerly the DANTES exam or ECE) I can help! 

    President:  David Wright 

    Are you a college, company or hospital interested in a partnership with  iStudySmart.com?  David is the one to contact! He can set up a discount program for your employees or students.  If you have interest in creating a library for your facility give David a call.

     

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  • Become an RN with iStudySmart.com - Did You Know We Have Nursing Courses?

    iStudySmart.com offers over 60 courses across multiple studies including business, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Did you know nursing courses are also available? iStudySmart.com has over 31 nursing credit hours in study courses such as Health Safety, Chronicity, Reproductive Health, Life Span, and Research. For students who have already completed their LPN/LVN certification, these courses can provide a quick transition to bridge to RN. You may have been thinking about becoming an RN before, but never thought you had time to take the necessary classes and earn your nursing degree.

    iStudySmart.com understands every student is different. You learn at your own pace and have your own study habits. You may also have a busy schedule and life/work responsibilities may be keeping you from attending classes on a physical campus. We wanted to give you an option, and let you know your career and life goals don’t have to take the back seat just because you have a busy schedule. With iStudySmart.com’s nursing courses, you can study when you want, where you want, and test only when you’re ready and comfortable with the material. After learning the material on a schedule you decide, and passing just one exam per course, you earn college credit that is transferrable to an accredited college toward an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Once you have your degree in hand, finish your clinicals, and pass the NCLEX-RN (board) exam, you will be a registered nurse! If you’re ready to start on your RN journey, you don’t have to wait any longer. Let iStudySmart.com help you reach you RN goal.

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  • Wondering What Happened to Regents College?

    Now Excelsior College

    Nearly thirty years ago Regents College made history when it was founded on the philosophy that “what you know is more important than where or how you learned it.” A radical concept in its day, the College changed the way adult learners can use prior credit and knowledge to earn a college degree. It changed the way people can obtain additional credit by not making residency at the College a requirement. And, throughout this period, it has helped propel students ever upward toward their lifetime goals.

    On January 1, 2001 the College made history again. On that day it officially changed its name to Excelsior College.

    Latin for “ever upward,” the name Excelsior more closely captures the spirit of the College’s mission and philosophy. It closely mirrors the determination of its students and graduates, the spirit and commitment behind what the College does, what its degree programs have meant to thousands of lifelong learners who have realized the goal of earning a college degree, and what it will mean in the future to those who follow.

    It also reflects the many developments that have occurred since the College received its independent charter in 1998. Significant progress toward developing new programs and services has been made, from the introduction of two master’s degree programs, to the availability of online research resources at its virtual library, to increasing its alumni base to more than 89,000 graduates worldwide.

    And, as the College adopts a new name, its commitment to students becomes even stronger. Regents College was an innovator in 1971, and Excelsior College will continue to provide cutting-edge services and educational opportunities to adult learners everywhere. “Ever Upward” is more than a motto: it's a sign of things to come.

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  • Excelsior College Distance Education Nursing Program

    Most nurses out there know one thing about continuing their education: it takes FOREVER! First you have to decide what college to attend, and then get accepted, register for your general education course requirements, and then your name will be placed on a waiting list for all the nursing course requirements.  Sometimes the waiting list is only a semester however there are colleges with waiting lists of two years or more.  In a society where we can watch the news instantly on our smart phones this seems outrageous.  Who wants to wait 2 years just to start their education? Fortunately for LVNs/LPNs, paramedics and Respiratory Therapists there are options. Today I will outline Excelsior College's Associate Degree in Nursing a great option for distance education.

    Here’s how it works:  

    1. You TEST OUT of all your courses (Yep, it’s that simple).
    2. You start with the general education courses (you don’t even have to be enrolled with Excelsior) and test out and pass all of the required general education courses.
    3. Then you enroll with Excelsior and test out and pass all of the nursing courses.
    4. Once that is complete you schedule your CPNE (Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination).   This is a testing clinical held on a weekend at sites throughout the US.
    5. Once you pass the CPNE all that is left is sitting for your NCLEX exam.
    6. Pass your NCLEX and you are a Registered Nurse!
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  • 7 Study Tips on “Testing Out”

    Taking a test in grade school, although scary at the time, seems like a distance but pleasant memory to most, so how did we make it this far? As kids we took multiple tests through grade school, middle school and high school yet we graduated. But as working adults we cringe at the very thought of test taking.  Will we look back on tests we take now and wonder what the big deal was? I think not. Most kids have one responsibility SCHOOL, now we juggle work, family, social obligations and continuing our education. Testing out of college courses using DSST, CLEP and ECE exams saves money and time, but for some seems daunting. So let me give you a few helpful hints.

    1. Study: I know it may seem obvious but reading + writing = retention.
    2. Sleep: Before taking the exam get a good night’s sleep don’t cram!
    3. Prolong knowledge: Instead of cramming, study a little each day
    4. Eat Well: Stay healthy and feel good, your brain is a vital organ feed it well.
    5. Use good resources: Textbooks, study guides and internet resources. You can buy really cheap textbooks at amazon.com, study guides at iStudySmart.com and two good internet resources are getcollegecredit.com or collegeboard.org.
    6. Eat a good meal before the test: a grumbling stomach can be a distraction that causes you to think of nothing other than that MacDonald’s sign out the testing center’s window.
    7. Don’t Stress: You are PREPARED!

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  • Why do more than 70 million adults want to head back to school?

    A recent study of adult Americans regarding continuing education found this:

    Nine out of 10 (89%) said the benefits of higher education are equal to or greater than the time, money, and energy invested.

    That is impressive considering the rising costs of education.

    "One of the big surprises was the mix of reasons why people thought it would be beneficial to get more education," said Lyungai Mbilinyi, PhD, author of the study report. "Although 71 percent did think additional education would help them earn more, several intangibles were rated even higher. Eighty-one percent associated higher education with a personal sense of accomplishment and 78 percent believed education would help them better develop their talents or pursue their interests."

    What is the greatest barrier to pursuing higher education? Time management. More than 73 percent of those surveyed rated time management as an issue of concern. The need for flexibility in managing schedules may be the impetus for the increase in non-traditional enrollments. The National Center for Education Statistics says that online education is growing at a rate that is 10 time faster than that of traditional postsecondary options.

    An additional concern is how to pay for college. While many colleges do a good job of helping high school students find resources for financial aid, the options for adults is not so obvious. Many do not realize that some of the same resources available to high school students are also available to them. Many working adults may also have access to tuition reimbursement through their jobs, an option few high school students have.

    Eighty-four percent of higher education enrollments are non-traditional students, such as working adults and students enrolled in distance learning. Despite whatever barriers may have existed for these working adults, more than half surveyed said they wish they had done it sooner. The overwhelming majority believe the resulting benefits have made the struggle worthwhile.


    This study was conducted for Capella University by the independent research firm TNS NFO and may be found at www.degreesofopportunity

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